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February 11, 2010
Ian Harvey is hoping to bring some of his Twenty20 expertise and success to the Zimbabwe domestic scene as he begins his stint with the Southern Rocks.
Harvey, who has hit three Twenty20 hundreds alongside a haul of 52 wickets at 22.51, wants the Rocks to sharpen up their fielding in order to make the most of their chances in the new tournament and knows that every single they save can be crucial in the final outcome.
"If we tighten up our fielding, work towards stopping every single, take every half chance of taking a wicket then we can manage to increases chances of winning against any team," he said. "Twenty20 is an entirely different format compared to four-day cricket, it is much faster and it is the team that has the most efficient fielders that has a higher chance of getting wins.
"My team played the Mountaineers and I can safely say that they out-fielded us by a long shot that is why they emerged as the winners in both games."
Harvey hopes he can also play a role in the overall rebuilding of Zimbabwe cricket as they aim to establish themselves on the world stage.
"Zimbabwe is lucky to have a combination of such fine weather and a pool of young players with so much talent and I believe that there is no obvious winner of the trophy in this tournament," he said. "A lot of us have been enticed by the size of this tournament and we would love to play some good cricket and be a part of something big in Zimbabwean cricket."
Meanwhile Darren Stevens, the Kent allrounder, has joined the Mid West Rhinos after they last week secured Sussex offspinner Ollie Rayner for the Twenty20 competition.
Former Zimbabwe seamer Anthony Ireland, who has been playing for Gloucestershire since halting his international career, and Greg Lamb, the Zimbabwe-born batsman who has played for Hampshire, will also take part.
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Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala